Mary, Mary, Mary… Dilemmas, Decisions, and Dollars / by Julie Greco

It was certain that being a florist I would create my own bouquet for my wedding day, accompanied by the bouquets my six bridesmaids would carry. The dilemma I faced was - who would create the rest of the floral design for the big day?

Naturally, I am crazy enough to have thought I could’ve done all the floral design and be the bride, however the realist in me knew that this was slightly advantageous ’ as there wasn’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything.

Frantically I went out and sourced a few designers whose work in the Toronto floral industry I admired. After my 2nd consultation with a couple of the designers I knew I wasn’t really getting what I was looking for as well as the flowers that I had set my heart on. As a florist, our taste in flowers can be somewhat expensive…totally referring to my wild obsession for garden roses.  And our ongoing obsession with perfection.

After searching the city for a few weeks I found Mary. She resides in a little shop called Lavender Rose Flowers nestled in the Scarborough Village. I have to say if it weren’t for Mary, my vision would not have been captured so perfectly.

When I told Mary the flowers I wanted she giggled thinking I was kidding. When she realized I wasn’t, she looked at me more seriously, and said “OK” and we went to work. Picking a mixture of greens that would complement the centerpieces nicely. Salal because of its reasonable price (such an underrated foliage), Ruscus because of its finesse and ability to be manipulated, and lastly Nagi for its soft, delicate texture.

That night jumbo hydrangeas along with Juliet Garden Roses, Secret Garden Roses, Lisianthus, a countless amount of Majolika sprays and all my favs’ were ordered. I couldn’t believe how perfectly my vision was being captured.

I am definitely a person who gives credit where credit is due and I have to acknowledge the amazing job that Mary and her team accomplished for my big day.

I think that when you are in the market for someone that does the same work you do, you can imagine that as a florist it was very difficult for me to hire another, cut from the same cloth. She captured the beauty I was looking to find for my big day and I am extremely thankful and grateful for Mary and her team, one for capturing my vision so well and two, for allowing me to be involved in the entire process.

“THANK YOU” to Mary for helping me create 24 beautiful table arrangements for my big day.

XOXO
Jules